- Nine chimps retired from south Louisiana research center
- More than a hundred more are expected to join them
By Anna Edwards
PUBLISHED: 04:37 EST, 20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:53 EST, 20 February 2013
The first laboratory chimpanzees from a south Louisiana research center have got a taste of the great outdoors after they were ‘retired’ to a national sanctuary.
Nine chimps were taken from University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s New Iberia Research Center and have been given a sprawling home in the ‘Chimp Haven’ sanctuary in Keithville.
And as these photos show, the chimps were thrilled – if a little nervous – about their new home.
World’s only retirement home for chimps
The curious creatures munched on fruit and explored their new home, larking about in the sunshine and wandering around their wild habitat.
The research center, which no longer has an NIH chimp research contract, is expected to deliver seven more tomorrow and a further 95 will make their way to the outdoor haven in the following months, according to Yahoo.
The huge research center, which has ’6,000 non-human primates representing eight species’ studies and tests chimps for ‘research aimed at promoting human quality of life.’
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